|Enewsletter • May 19, 2004|
New Version Shipping
Thanks to Jean Bettanny, Vegan Outreach has 30 copies of Dr. Michael Greger's Maximum Nutrition in VHS format, in addition to DVD. You can order this, and other items, from our catalog.
More on Super Size Me
Just got back from seeing Super Size Me, and leafleting as it let out. I stood in the lobby of the theater, expecting to be kicked out and had no problem leafleting every single person who saw that screening. I said, “Did you see Super Size Me?” as I held up the Why Vegan?
It was a FANTASTIC leafleting session! I think the movie opens the doors to veganism for people -- at least enough for our message to really get in. The audience was incredibly receptive, and it was an amazing leafleting experience with people asking for multiple copies of Why Vegan? I am going to hit as many screenings as I can now, until it is out of theaters.
I wanted to share this with those of you who are running out of colleges in session and just leafleting at random on streets. I think this provides a perfect opportunity to hit an audience with the vegan message, when they are as ready as they've ever been.
-Danielle Marino, Protecting Animals, USA
More Reason to Speak for the Animals
Meat industry analysts are predicting 2005 to be another year of record consumption in America. Beef and pork consumption will likely drop, but this will be more than offset by increased eating of chicken and turkey. Link via vegan.com.
Postmortem on the Health Argument
Vegan Outreach has always argued that advocates should directly speak for the animals. Many years ago, Vegan Outreach wrote:
The May 10, 2004 Time Magazine article on Low-Carb Nation states:
In “A Meaningful Life,” we wrote:
This prompted a reader to ask why the public doubts our sincerity, with the rest of their letter implying that vegans were often misanthropes. While possibly true in a few cases, it is more troubling that vegan advocates often don't seem interested in the truth. We've received numerous inquiries as to "how to debunk Atkins" (and have seen a number of articles attempting just this), but no one has written to ask what the research actually says about Atkins.
We also wrote:
This isn't to imply that no one has gone vegetarian because of the health argument. But, in addition to leading to more failed vegetarians, the millions of dollars spent and millions of hours worked have often tended to simply reinforce the fad-diet nature of our society. As a movement, we have extremely limited resources; choosing to pursue or fund one tactic means choosing not to support another. At Vegan Outreach, we believe that, if all the efforts spent trying to appeal to people's selfishness had instead been focused on exposing the reality of factory farms and industrial slaughterhouses, the animals would be better off.
Even if honesty weren't the best policy, the low-carb tsunami shows the deadly fallacy of trying to trick people. It is our opinion that as advocates for animals, we should advocate for the animals!